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Toys R Us will close all of its US stores by the end of Friday. Take a look back at what it was like in its heyday.

Toys R Us NJ 1996AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer

Toys R Us stores across the United States have been holding going-out-of-business sales as part of a liquidation process after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. All Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores will close by the end of the day on Friday, June 29. 
The company struggled to keep up with competitors and was burdened with over $5 billion worth of debt.
Over its more than 60 years in business, Toys R Us gained lots of fans, many of whom are now mourning the death of the store and remembering their favorite childhood memories there.

As Toys R Us nears its end, fans of the store are lamenting its demise.

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September and officially filed for liquidation in March. As a result, more than 700 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores across the United States will be closing for good by Friday, June 29.

The store has been saddled with debt since a leveraged buyout in 2005 and struggled to keep up with competitors.

Though many Toys R Us fans were aware of this, they’re still heartbroken to see it go.

In 1948 in Washington, DC, Charles Lazarus opened a baby-furniture store that would become the first Toys R Us after expanding into toys in 1957.

In the 1990s, Toys R Us was the biggest toy seller in the US, expanding rapidly as it pushed out smaller chains. But by 1998, things had changed, and Walmart began selling more toys than Toys R Us in the US — a signal of more trouble ahead.

Take a look back at what Toys R Us was like in its heyday:

As Toys R Us prepares to close its doors for good, fans are lamenting the death of the chain and looking back on their favorite childhood memories.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
This is what a store in New Jersey looked like in 1996.
AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer
It had everything a kid could want. This photo from 2001 shows the Imaginarium section of a New Jersey store.
AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky
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